Wednesday November 25, 2015
March 19th, 2015
As the Oscars telecast moved on with impassioned acceptance speeches, one pondered the hypersonic rate at which Republican viewers were finding other fare.
Yes, we’re talking five times the speed of sound.
How many Republicans left when “Imitation Game” screenwriter Dustin Black spoke for gay rights? Or when Patricia Arquette for equal pay for women?
Kevin Carey has a 4-year-old girl. Carey, the director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, has been thinking about the role of universities in American life for virtually his entire career. But after his daughter was born, that thinking took on a new urgency.
Presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Chris Christie are working the Republican big-money circuit of Palm Beach, the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Aspen. In Jeb's case, it's going so well that last week he sent word to the deep-pocketed to hold off with donations in excess of $1 million.
The Tea Party wing of the Republican party thinks House speaker John Boehner is a rhino.
Not the thick-skinned horned mammal that lives in Africa. This rhino is an R-I-N-O . . . Republican in Name Only.
As our van in the presidential motorcade reached the crest of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and began the descent toward the thousands of waiting faces and waving arms of those who had come to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," the gravity of that place seized me, pushing out the breath and rousing the wonder.
Six years ago, Paul Ryan, who has since become the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the GOP's leading voice on matters economic, had an Op-Ed article published in The New York Times. Under the headline "Thirty Years Later, a Return to Stagflation," he warned that the efforts of the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve to fight the effects of financial crisis would bring back the woes of the 1970s, with both inflation and unemployment high.
In September 2002, three Democratic congressmen visited Iraq in an effort to prevent a war they thought was a terrible idea.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., said very little there, explaining afterward that his sole purpose was to tell Iraqi officials that "if they want to prevent a war, they need to prevail upon Saddam Hussein to provide unrestricted, unfettered access to the weapons inspectors."
The most important thing to understand about the problems with the Ferguson, Missouri, police force is that they're not unique to Ferguson.
The investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, launched in the aftermath of a police officer's fatal shooting of Michael Brown, would be upsetting, infuriating -- pick your adjective of outrage -- if Ferguson were a one-off.
After months of seeming invulnerability, Hillary Clinton's penchant for privacy has given her frustrated Republican foes a possible opening to bring to earth her high-flying pre-candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Attorney General Eric Holder's Ferguson investigation offers plenty for both sides of this dispute to hate, which means there's also plenty for everybody to learn.